“The music scene in the northwest is rapidly picking up. We have a lot of dope talent out here and it’s finally starting to get noticed. I always say Seattle’s like the west coast New York. I feel like it’s our time.”
Check out the interview with Jxphreeze exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.
Skilly: How were you able to start your journey in the entertainment business? Where did this all start?
Jxphreeze: I started rapping with friends for fun and freestyling to pass time and people would tell me I was good. I never believed though, but the more people that said it I started to believe it and I stuck with it. As I got older I figured out that this is what I wanted to do with my life. I made that decision after I found my purpose in life which is music.
What are some of the creative ways you use to promote your music?
I would say everything I do and everywhere I go I make sure at least 1 person knows who I am or follows me. I show them my music and build relationships with my fans and people who are interested in what I’m doing. I try to connect with the listeners on their level.
What is the greatest challenge you face in today’s entertainment business? How do you overcome them?
The greatest challenge these days is the originality. Everyone’s biting styles and beats. No one’s authentic. That’s killing hip hop. You have to be you. Tell the truth and find your style. When it comes to me I just stay out the way and do my music the way I know best.
How is the music scene like in your hometown? What do you like about it and what don’t you like?
The music scene in the northwest is rapidly picking up. We have a lot of dope talent out here and it’s finally starting to get noticed. I always say Seattle’s like the west coast New York. I feel like it’s our time. The only thing we need to work on is supporting each other. If that would be put into place the northwest would be way bigger than it already is.
Where do you think the future of music is going to be? How do you feel artists can be more a part of it?
The future of hip hop’s mumbling over dope beats, getting high as fuck, and being material. Us artists need to step it up. You got to remember you’re a rapper and lyrics matter. There’s a difference between rappers and emcees. Emcees need to step it up!
What advice can you give to other upcoming artists and musicians trying to achieve success?
One thing I can say through experience is don’t burn bridges. Stay true to yourself. Move around. Function with all artists from different genres. Stay in your lane. Be authentic. Invest in yourself. Stay sucka free!
What inspires you to write your next song?
I would say my people who are counting on me, my city, my family, and to show the haters that said I couldn’t do it.
What are the steps you take to make a song?
Every time I write it’s different. It all depends on the beat. If I’m really feeling the beat it’s like the words just fall into place and come to me.
What do you think makes a great song?
The beat definitely is the main attraction, but at the end of the day music’s about feeling. You have to be able to feel the music and make a connection for it to be a great record.
Where can we connect with you? Can you give us your social media links and where we can contact you?
Official website: www.Jxphreeze.com